Definition of pettichaps in English:

pettichaps

noun

English Regional
archaic
  • Either of two warblers: (a) (more fully "greater pettichaps") the garden warbler, Sylvia borin; (b) (more fully "lesser pettichaps") the chiffchaff, Phylloscopus collybita.

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Ray (1627–1705), naturalist and theologian. Probably imitative of the bird's call, but probably with assimilation to petty and chap.

Pronunciation

pettichaps

/ˈpɛtɪtʃaps/